A review of the film and the man who adapted the Yang Style of Tai Chi, changing the way it was taught, the way it was learnt and the relevance of Tai Chi for future generations.
Traditional Tai Chi has often been criticised for its inward looking evolution. It has historically kept its practices within family circles and has shown itself to be dismissive of break-away or new variants. Even when Cheng Man-ch'ing received permission from the Yang family to shorten the 'Long' sequence, there was still, and there remains to this day, an incestuous controversy over the permission and authenticity of his actions. Yet, the popularity of his changes sent ripples out into the Tai Chi world, ripples that finally nudged the other families to follow suit. The history of that decision and its long term consequences have been captured in this excellent documentary: The professor: Tai Chi's Journey West.